Marketplace Morning Report

with David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Congressional negotiators have agreed to a deal that would extend the payroll tax cut through the end of the year. Yesterday, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited the White House and the Pentagon before meeting with American business leaders at the U.S. chamber of commerce. The Westminster Dog Show dropped Pedigree as a sponsor this year, saying its sad ads that promote adoption from animal shelters turned off its audience. And President's Day is fast approaching, but a lot of Americans don't take that day, or others, off -- and that could be a problem for the economy.

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Business
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) speaks with U. .Vice President Joe Biden (R) during a business roundtable at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2012. The trade relations between the two countries was on the agenda.
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World
Socialist leader George Papandreou and conservative party leader Antonis Samaras arrive at the Maximos Mansion government headquarters in Athens on February 8, 2012.
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World

Greek debt: Playing the blame game

A woman looks at anti-govermant slogans outside a bank the morning after violent protests took place against the Government's austerity plans, February 13, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Will businesses there be able to survive after the latest bailout?
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Life
American workers get the least amount of guaranteed paid holiday and vacation time compared to the rest of the world, and many don't even take their allotted time off, thanks to pressure from employers. Here, tourists relax on the beach of a man-made lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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World

PODCAST: Don't call it a comeback

$2.7 billion for potato chips -- that's how much Kellogg's says it'll spend to acquire Pringles. The cereal maker is trying to boost its presence in the market for stuff you eat later in the day.
Economy
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about a payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance February 14, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Lawmakers have agreed to a temporary extension of the cuts.
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Marketplace Morning Report®, hosted by David Brancaccio, kicks your weekday off right. Now a regular segment on NPR’s Morning Edition®, it’s a dash of news to go with that first cup of coffee. Get a global perspective on what’s making the business news headlines, airing up to five times each morning.